A day in the life with Olivia Thorpe of Vanderohe.
How has this pandemic affected your business?
What has it been like homeschooling your kids?
Difficult! We are currently homeschooling our eldest who is 6 years old. There's an argument over it almost on a daily basis! It's very tough for him to sit down and do a full day's work (for which an adult is always needed on hand) whilst his 4 year old brother (who only has scheduled Zoom nursery classes, which are almost impossible to manage) and his baby sister, are playing loudly outside in the sunshine. Luckily, he's at an age where missing some work here and there won't have a lasting impact on his education, but day-to-day it's extremely hard to manage alongside our respective jobs.
What are you looking forward to?
Dressing up, wearing heels and makeup and going out for a delicious dinner with my husband. Unfortunately, I feel like that might be a long way off still...
What is something you didn't expect to spend so much time doing in isolation?
Gardening. Our small garden here in London has been our sanctuary during lockdown. I don't know what we would have done without it. All those days when time seems to stand still with the monotony of not going out, not seeing people, simply stepping out into the garden and witnessing the minute detail of changing seasons has been incredibly therapeutic for all of us. Watching the flowers bloom and die and give way to new shoots is really quite magical. It has been so wonderful to watch my kids nurture the garden and really want to learn more about the plants we're growing. Our baby girl is also totally obsessed with bees and likes to watch them for hours!